A great day at Stoney Cove for Day 3 of our Assistant Instructor Course, the sun was out but the water clarity was - lets just say - cloudy.
So today we completed the open water skills teaching scenario's and rescue practise.
What a day to complete your 100th dive and have to - in good old Dive Rutland style, complete in your bikini...
Day was sunny, so expectations were high... but the skipper then told us he was going to hug the shoreline and after 6 - 7 miles cut across to Lundy.. umm sounded lumpy... But the sun was out... So a scenic start to our day was had.
Then it got a little lumpy but not that bad....but then we had a slight issue with one of the engines. Skipper said weed so the second engine took the load and started to run hot... but we got to Lundy after two hours... two very long hours.
After coffee, hot chocolate or a cup of tea whilst the crew fixed the engine, we dived where we were...
Gannet's Bay, as the order of the day from our youngest was SEALS as they missed them yesterday.... So in we got... three or four seals on the surface so anticipation was high... and Seals we got.. they were all very playful..
Dive 2 we moved slightly to Brazen Ward again our youngest member wanted seals as he now on a roll... this time we got Seals but the visibility slightly reduced as lots of green bits in the water. but the topography was also interesting with lots of small stuff to look at... but the Seals were the highlight.
So after four dives and four hours under water, we returned to Iffracombe ready for the long journey home...
A huge thanks to Obsession II our Boat, the crew / skipper - Stuart and Martin from Dive Rutland Club Members - Sam Adcock, Dave Carter, Rachel Perry, Tracey Roberts, Alan Starkey and Bridget Weid - The divers.. Tracy Adcock and Britta Carter our non-divers who had a good day on Lundy Island on Day 1.
First dive of the day was a scenic dive, with lots to see (including a seal sighting -more about seals later!)...Crabs, lobsters, Jewel Anemones, Cup corals, pink sea fans and yes Nudibranchs..... The hour went really quickly, so surfaced we did. So that was Rachels' 400 Dive.... unfortunately club rules were broken... yes she did it in a drysuit and not a bikini....forfeit time...
Then the sun came out, so a surface interval followed, in "Seal Bay" lots of seals, bobbing up and down close to shore looking at this boat of potential playmates.
Dive 2, only one aim - Dive with Seals....so the question is Did we? Well lets just say some of us did! where the others looked we still do not know... and we also know with no picture "It was not real"... so an unedited picture is presented. It was an amazing dive...
Then to really make the day, on the way back from Lundy a pod of 20 plus dolphins came to ride our bow waves...
Did we have a great day - YES WE DID...